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tv   Sen. Daniel Inouye D- Hawaii  CSPAN  December 24, 2012 4:00am-5:30am EST

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>> the holy gospel of our hrrd jesus christ according to john. >> tkpwhror jesus said
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everything that the father gives me will come to me and anyone who comes to me i will never drive away. for i have come down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of him who isn't me. and this is the will of him who sent me, that i should lose nothing of all that he has given me but raise it up on the last d day. this is indeed the will of my fath father, that all who see the sun and believe in him may have eternal life and i will raise them up on the last day. the gospel of the lord. >> praise you. >> in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy
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spirit, aman. please be seated. irene and family, president obama, vice president biden, i thought that senator inouye was indestructib indestructible. and if i had not been honored to be at his bedside when he died, i still would not believe that he's gone. he was generous to the very end, for he gave me the great gift of instructive closure. i was with him in alaska at senator stevens' memorial service and the president
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mentioned a courtly baritone, he gave one of the most amazing tributes i had ever heard. i made him promise that he would teach me how to speak like that. he said modestly what do you chaplain? i said i want your eloquence of dicti diction. i want your brilliance of me metaph metaphor. i want your poetry of imagination. he smiled and dismissed my request. so i had the opportunity of reminding him at walter reed that he still had unfinished work to do with me. please, i still need your help. i was blessed to be able to hold his hand. i was blessed to be able to
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recite the scriptures. and the last passage that i recited before he transitioned from time into he alternativity, is a passage with words that have been whisper ed by more people in trouble, spoken in more hospital rooms, uttered by more dying himself athan perhap any other words in scripture. the 23rd psalm. the lord is my shepherd, i shall not want. he makes mai lai -- lie down in
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green pastures. he leads me beside still waters. he restores my sole. he leads me in the path of righteousness for his name's sake. though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil for you are with me. your rod and your staff, they comfort me. you prepare a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. you anoint my head with oil. my cup runs over. surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my -- life and i will dwell in the house of the lord
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forever. the curtain was soon drawn on the life of this great american. i offered a prayer, and as i headed through rush hour traffic trying to get back to the capitol for a vigil we were having for the newtown, connecticut, atrocity, i kept remembering the words, "even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death i will fear no evil for you are with e me," and i found myself asking in the car how was it that he was able to walk so confidently through the valley of the shadows of death. i began to speculate.
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i naught perhaps he could -- thought perhaps he could do it because he had been in that valley before. i had heard the story of the silver dollar that saved his li life. the staff was shocked and he had two silver dollars in his pocket. he had been in the valley of the shadows before, walking through, not scurrying, not jogging, not running, with a iguana numberity of templerment he could walk through. but i said there has to be more than that. i thought perhaps he was able to walk so confidently into the valley of the shadows because he knew that there was light in that valley. you can't have shadows without light. i remembered his prayer breakfast speech only a few weeks ago, how he talked about
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his faith roots. and i knew that he had illumination in that valley. as the dome of the senate came into view, it finally dawned on me why my friend was able to walk so confidently through the valley of shadows, and that was because, irene, he knew he was not alone. this was not a solo walk. even though i walk through the valley of the shadows, i will fear no evil for you are with me. one who walked with him through that valley had promised in matthew 28-though i'm with you always. he promised i will never leave
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you or fore sake you. he was that light in the valley, that companion in the valley. and my good friend was not alone. he lived the way he died, with grace and dignity. and when i reflect on the serenity in which he transitioned from time into eternity, i think of those words of william cullen bryant, so live that when your summon comes to join, that innumerable caravans where each must choose his chamber in the solemn halls
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of death, go thou not like the quarry slaves to his dungeon at night but sustained and soothed by an unfaltering trust, approach your grave as one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams. my dear friends, antony had it right. your life was gentle and the elements so mixed in you that nature could stand up and say to all the world, this was a man.
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god bless you. ♪ ♪
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>>♪ over the rainbow, way up hi high, and the dreams that you had once in a lullaby somewhere over the rainbow, blue birdies fly♪ ♪and the dream that you dreamed,
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dreams really do come true, some day i wish upon a star wake up where the clouds are far behind me, where trouble melts like lemon drops lie upon the chimney tops that's where you will find me♪ over the rainbow, blue birds, some day i wish upon a star wake up where the clouds are far behind me fly and a dream that you gave, dreams really do come true, i see trees of green and red roses too, i watch them bloom for fly and a dream that me and for, and i think to myself what a wonderful world♪
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♪the colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky, i see all the fa faces of people passing by i see friends shaking hands saying how do you do, they are really saying i love you♪ ♪i see babies crying and i watch them grow, they will learn,more than we will ever know, and i think to myself, what a wonderful world♪ ♪ youwoo-woo-woo♪
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♪ >> let us join our prayers with those of church universal saying each in our own language the prayer that jesus christ has taught us. our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. think kick come come, thy will be done on earth as it is heaven. give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we give those who
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trespass against us. and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and forever, amen. for our brother daniel let us pray to our lord jesus christ who said i'm resurrection and i'm life. lord, you consoled martha and mary in their distress. draw near to us who mourn for daniel and dry the tears of those who weep. you went at the grave of lazarus your friend. comfort us in our sorrow. you raised the dead to life. give to our brother eternal life. >> here us, lord. >> you promised paradise to the thief who repented.
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bring our brother to the joys of heaven. >> here us, lord. >> comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our brother. let our faith be or consolation and eternal life our hope. god of all we pray to you for daniel and for all of those whom we love but see no longer. grant to them eternal rest. let life perpetual shine upon them. may his soul and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of god rest in peace. >> for purple mountain imagine
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gist above the fruited plain♪ ♪america, america, god shed his grace on thee and crown think good with broth brotherhood from sea to shining sea♪ ♪oh beautiful ♪ america, america, confirm thy
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soul in self-control♪ ♪ confirm
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♪ ♪america, america, god shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea♪ >> give rest to your servant.
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where sorrow and pain are no mo more, by the sign of life ever lasting. you only are immortal, the of human kind er and by the sign of life we are e earth and to earth shall we retu return. for so did you ordain when you created me saying you are dust and to dust you shall return. all of us go shining down to th yet even at the grave we make our song alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. give rest oh christ to your servant where sorrow and pain are no more. with the sign of life ever lasting. into your hands oh merciful safe
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your we commend your servant daniel. we humbly beseech you a sheep of your own fold a lamb of your own flock, a center of your own redeeming. receive him into the arms of your mercy in the blessed rest of everlasting peace and into the glorious company of the saints in light. amen. may the lord bless you and keep you. the lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. the lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. >> amen. >> let us go forth in the name of christ.
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